- CME/CE Activities
- Comparative Effectiveness of Drug Therapy for RA in Adults
This CME/CE activity is provided by PRIME Education, Inc. (PRIME®) and is accredited for a multi-disciplinary audience of health care practitioners. This activity is supported by contract number HHSA290201000006G from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. User data collected through this activity will reside on PRIME's educational portal for use by AHRQ.
Summary of AHRQ's Comparative Effectiveness Review of Drug Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis in Adults
- Program Overview
- Faculty Biographies
- Accreditation Statements
- Post-Test & Evaluation
To Receive a Certificate for This Activity:
Activity DescriptionIn 2011, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) published an updated comprehensive review to inform health care providers on the comparative effectiveness of the latest medications used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). As treatment strategies for RA have continued to evolve, uncertainties pertaining to the comparative efficacy of these new medications needs to be addressed. The early use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) is crucial for delaying the often debilitating and irreversible disease progression. Methotrexate is considered the oral DMARD of choice to achieve low disease activity or remission. Currently, there is no consensus regarding the comparative effectiveness of corticosteroids, biologic DMARDs, and nonbiologic DMARDs, alone or in combination for the management of RA. This monograph provides the latest evidence from peer-reviewed publications with applications to clinical practice thereby enabling clinicians to make informed treatment decisions and improve outcomes for patients with RA.
At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:
- Evaluate the comparative effectiveness of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) drug therapies on disease activity, functional capacity, patient adherence, and adverse events
- Assess the benefits and harms of RA medications among important patient subgroups
- Apply evidence on the comparative efficacy of RA therapies for making informed clinical decisions
This CME activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and case managers.
Method of Participation
To receive a certificate for this activity, you should:
- Complete the learner assessment pretest
- View the entire activity online
- Complete an online evaluation & post-test
- Print your certificate online
The estimated time to complete this activity, including review of the materials, is 1.0 hour.
Term of Approval
May 31, 2012 through September 30, 2013. Original release date: May 31, 2012
Acknowledgement of Support
There is no fee for this CME/CE activity. This activity is sponsored by PRIME Education, Inc (PRIME®) and funded under contract HHSA290201000006G from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Faculty Biographies and Disclosures
Jasvinder A Singh, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
University of Alabama
Staff Physician, Birmingham VA Medical Center
Davecia R Cameron, MS
Senior Medical Writer
PRIME Education, Inc.
Heidi Wynn Maloni, PhD, ANP-BC
National Clinical Nursing Director
Department of Neurology
Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence, East
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Trinity Nursing Program School of Professional Studies
Trinity Washington University
Clinical Preceptor and Instructor
Advanced Practice Programs
The Catholic University of America School of Nursing
Michele B Kaufman, PharmD, BPharm, RPh
PRN Communications, Inc
New York Downtown Hospital
New York, NY
Sherman Podolsky, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Sunshine State Health Plan
Department of Emergency Medicine
Albert Einstein Medical Center
Donna M Chiefari, BSc (Pharm), PharmD, RPh, FASHP
Adjunct Faculty & Preceptor
Albany College of Pharmacy
Kathleen A Jarvis, MS, RN, CCM
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Physician Credit Designation Statement
PRIME Education, Inc. (PRIME®) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
PRIME® designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Pharmacist Accreditation Statement
This curriculum has been approved for 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) by PRIME®. PRIME® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The Universal Activity Number for this program is 0255-0000-12-021-H01-P. This learning activity is Knowledge-Based.
Nurse Accreditation Statement
PRIME Education, Inc. (PRIME®) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
PRIME® designates this activity for 1.0 contact hour.
Case Manager Accreditation Statement
The Commission for Case Manager Certification designates this educational activity for 1.0 contact hour for certified case managers.
|Faculty Name ||Advisory Board||Consultant||Grants / Research||Salary / Contractual||Supported Promotional Education||Stock / Shareholder||Other Financial Support|
|Jasvinder A Singh, MD, MPH
|American College of Rheumatology's Guidelines Subcommitee of the Quality Care Committee, VA Rheumatology Field Advisory Committee||URL pharmaceuticals, Takeda, Ardea, Savient, Allergan, Novartis, member of OMERACT outcome measures in rheumatology||NIH, Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Research, National Insitute of Aging, National Cancer Insitute, AHRQ for Education on Therapeutics (CERTs), Birmingham VA Medical Center, investigator-initiated research grants from Takeda, Savient||None||None||None||None|
|Davecia R Cameron, MS
|Heidi Wynn Maloni, PhD, ANP-BC
|Michele B Kaufman, PharmD, BPharm, RPh
|Sherman Podolsky, MD
|Donna M Chiefari, BSc (Pharm), PharmD, RPh, FASHP
|Kathleen A Jarvis, MS, RN, CCM
|Chris R Prostko, PhD|
Scientific Program Director
|Lynn Goldenberg, RN, BSN|
Director of Accreditation & Compliance
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Presentations that provide information in whole or in part related to non FDA approved uses of drugs and/or devices will disclose the unlabeled indications or the investigational nature of their proposed uses to the audience. Participants should refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications and warnings. Participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies prescribed in this educational activity. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the presenting faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of PRIME®, the ACCME, AANP, ACPE, ANCC and other relevant accreditation bodies.
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Clinician & Consumer Summaries on Rheumatoid Arthritis
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